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Service comes full circle: YSA from Ghana helps pack the same meal kits he survived on as a child

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Kofi Herrick, center, smiles with Feed My Starving Children staff at the Weber Institute in Ogden, Utah.
Weber Institute

As hundreds of Weber Institute of Religion students worked to package meals for Feed My Starving Children last month, they found out that one student among them had actually eaten those meals every day as a child in Africa.

Kofi Herrick, 22, decided to volunteer for the March 17-18 event after he saw the service project advertised on social media and around the institute and Weber State University campus in Ogden, Utah.

“Looking at the video, it just looked familiar, because that was something I survived on when I was in Ghana, in an orphanage,” said Herrick.

The meal packs, called Manna, can be made into different forms. “We ate it morning, noon and night,” he said. “That’s something we survived on.”

Over two days in March, the volunteers helped package 108,864 meals—enough to feed 298 kids for an entire year.

At the conclusion, Herrick shared his story and bore his testimony. That moment affected many of the volunteers and organizers, including Joseph Kraemer, 21, a freshman at Weber State from Ogden.

“That was probably one of the more touching moments of the project itself,” said Kraemer, explaining that several people began to cry, as they realized the impact of the meals and their service.

Weber Institute student council president Maggie Smith, 23, agreed: “The spirit was so strong and unifying throughout the event, but especially during this part where we could see the good we were doing.”

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